I had the opportunity to see Eli Roth's Green Inferno last night. I've been following this film for years now, and I honestly am so proud of the finished product after all the waiting and anticipation. I got to experience the film at the Hollywood 4D Theater. The film alone was quite intense, however, seeing it in 4D heightened the effect immensely.
I walked into the screening not having a clue as to what I was getting myself into. I personally haven't seen many cannibal films besides Cannibal Holocaust and that film was released in 1979. To say a cannibal film was needed in the horror genre is an understatement. I knew it would be extremely gory and sickening, and I knew I would be slightly traumatized because of Roth's style period.
Eli Roth the amazing horror writer, director, and producer never disappoints when it comes to his films. His films Cabin Fever, Hostel 1 & 2, and Thanksgiving just to name a few definitely speak for themselves. Roth's work is always twisted, gory, and pushing boundaries. Therefore it wasn't a surprise when just last year Green Inferno was pulled for distribution reasons, and not immediately released after. No studio wanted the film because it simply was too disgusting. With the help of horror master mind Jason Blum, Roth was finally able to secure theater distribution with Green Inferno this year.
Jason Blum has dealt with the majority of the horror films that have been released and loved for the last 10 years. Seeing both Blum and Roth believe in this project and not give up on it is something I truly admire and thank them for being a horror fan and aspiring filmmaker.
Green Inferno surrounds a group of college activists. They make the decision to travel to Peru to stop the Amazon from being destroyed. While there they of course run into trouble protesting, however that is the least of their worries. The activists are then given to the natives of the island, not knowing they're hungry cannibals. The film gets crazier and crazier as some get eaten alive, cooked alive, and just killed.
The film itself is visually stunning. From the rich colors to the extremely high angles of the Amazon, it's all breathtaking. The camera movements engage you so much in Green Inferno. I found myself trying to cover my eyes while still wanting to see what was going on. The storyline and visuals were quite graphic and twisted. The gore was phenomenal, every body part, bite, and blood gash was top notch and nauseously real. My theatre experience alone was extremely realistic to say the least.
Seeing Green Inferno in 4D was mind blowing. The theater seat movement alone was incredible. The audience was right there with the actors in the film. I personally felt like I was with them when they were in an airplane, or boat, etc. There was also the wind and smoke effect in the theater which created a thrilling drama effect for the film. And then there was the BLOOD. Yes every time blood squirted toward the screen water was actually sprayed on the audience. That alone flipped me out multiple times.
I honestly had one of the best screening and screaming experiences ever. It was so entertaining and terrifying, it was right up my alley. Make sure you catch Green Inferno September 25th in theaters!